University of Sussex Degree Show 08 - Media Practice and Theory

Binary Imaginations

By: Amy Stevens


If a computer could think creatively, what would its imagination look like? 'Binary Imaginations' pictures this space in the form of a large-scale print image, imagining how a computer would visualise a programme in its most basic form.

The image is made up of the binary data from programming code, mapped as a swarm. Like a hive of bees, each bit of data in this swarm has a finite ability within a computer. Brought together, the elements create a new form with an advanced function: a programme.

I envision my own creativity in the same way: fragmented thoughts become joined and create an idea. On their own, each thought has little meaning or power, but together they form something more tangible, with real scope.

Supported by a published blog and a visual account of the making of the project, the work intends to question the nature of digital creativity and open dialogue on whether computers can be considered creative collaborators.

Code by Mike Blow

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The show will open with a bang on Thursday 15th May; this will be the first opportunity to see the culmination of three years hard work from the Media Practice and Theory finalists. There will be a drinks reception to kick start the evening, with a chance to view the fantastic photography and interactive projects on display throughout the building. Following this, screenings of this year's documentaries will take place at 5pm and 8pm. This will be the first chance to see the 2008 MPT films, and food and drink will continue to be served throughout the evening. This night promises to be an extraordinary showcase of talent from one of the most innovative courses on offer at the University of Sussex - definitely not one to be missed!

Due to limitations of space, we regret that the opening night is attendable by invitation only. However we welcome requests for invitations from anybody currently working in the media. If you are employed in a relevant field and would like to attend, please get in touch and we will try to arrange an invitation.


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